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Hollywood Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 
 

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Posted February 20, 2014

The teachers are good, office staff adequate. The nurse is excellent. The principal is horrible. This school is good because of the parental involvement, not because of the leadership. Over the past 5 years the school has greatly declined due to redistricting and the loss of the core volunteer base. It will continue to decline with the present principal in place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2010

We have had the pleasure of attending HES for 2 years, and are sorry to be moving on. The teachers are awesome, the principal is 2nd to none and the support staff is friendly and supportive. I cannot understand how anyone could have had an unpleasant experience at this school. My children have attended many elementary schools in several states, and we have never come across a more oped-door, warm environment. Thank you Hollywood for 2 awesome years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

We transferred into HES in Nov 2009. The office was attentive and supportive to our needs and concerns. Our third grade teacher has been the perfect teacher to introduce our child to a new environment. I am impressed and very pleased with the staff and teachers for the communication on ongoing activities and my child's progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

I was nervous about registering my son, mid-year, after reading the previous reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised! The office staff couldn't have been nicer, & thank you Mrs. Guy for your help and friendliness. The VP took time to sit down with me and talk about my son, the school nurse was so helpful also! Thank you all so very much for beginning our transition off on a very good note!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Hollywood Elm. is a great school for my children to go to. The teachers and staff are wonderful! They are always coming up with new ways to help the chidren learn and thrive. My 9 year old son is in 4th grade this year and is really excited, he beleives he has the best teacher! Her name is Ms. Molina, she has a way with a very good incentive program to motavate the children to want to learn! I am very happy that my child has a chance to go to a great school that I went to myself!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

I was deeply involved with this school. My experience has been: dedicated teachers that work hard. The teachers want the students to succeed. Having said that, the office staff is curt to parents and to staff; the current principal (in my opinion) is inadequate (to say the least). Bottom-line, this is an exceptional school and will continue to be so, as long as the principal can manage to keep good teachers, but that may be a challenge given the current adminstration.


Posted September 4, 2008

HES is a first rate school. I have had two children attend, and continued to be amazed with the entire staff. Mrs. Gilman, the building principal, is to be commended for her commitment to excellence! Keep up the hard work! We all love Hollywood:-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

School is well above average and known to be the best elementary school in the area, at least until the new school in Wildwood opens. Ms. Gilman, the principal is amazing and is wonderful with the kids. I highly recommend Hollywood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My 2 children have had excellent teachers and a wonderful time attending HES. I was actually surprised to read the reviews below. While it took some time to get used to the St Mary's County way of doing things, I think we have it pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

My children have both had a great time at this school, while not perhaps a stellar school, it is still well above average and one of if not the best elementary school in this area. I have a child in the Pre-K program and one in 2nd grade. I agree that the office staff and nurse could work on their customer service skills with the parents, but they put the kids first and really isn't that what you would want?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2008

The office staff, particularly the principal, are not helpful to parents or extra curricular activities. The teachers seem to really care about their students, and interact well with both students and parents. They do a good job with Ecological studies and field trips to the areas outside the school. Parent involvement is high at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2007

My children attended this school two years ago for less than one year. I found the quality of education and the level of expectations to be far below our school in Georgia. The staff - both office and teachers - were generally not helpful or interested. At that time there were no accelerated/enrichment/gifted programs other than a math program that I as a parent volunteered for. I was also surprised that students were only allowed to go to the library to check out books once a week. I hope those things have changed for the better. On a positive note, I did appreciate the science program and the excellent use of the surrounding habitats for experiments - creek, pond, forest, meadow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

As a new resident to the school district coming all the way from MN, they teachers have been really unhelpful and rude to myself, husband and son. The office is not much help either. I enrolled my son in the school and and am inches away form pulling him and moving to another school area. I have never had this many complications with a school before. I am very disapointed that these people are even allowed to work in a school. I can't say that for everyone one that works there, some of them are really nice and very informal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

I also agree that the office staff are rude, including the nurse, but when you are in a bind, they will really pull for you. I volunteer at the school a lot, so that most teachers know my name. I only have one daughter there in 2nd grade. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Wow, I thought it was just me. Yeah the office staff in usually rude. they they do not make you feel welcome and you always feel like you are a huge bother. The teachers are wonderful. Mr. Scott is excellent. He expects good things from his kids but his is fair. I've had great experiences with all the teachers so far but he was the best! Mrs. Gilman, the principle, is good too. She seems to really enjoy the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2007

This school has many positive attributes. The teaching staff are the best we've every been involved with. They are truly concerned about the students. We have one child in K and another in 3rd grade. They both have dedicated teachers. I am hoping the office staff come across rude and short tempered (even with parents) because they are busy or overwhelmed. Most of the time they are helpful, but you get the impression they don't want to be there. How sad!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
>=95%

2010

 
 
>=95%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 42%
Two or more races 6% 4%
Black 5% 35%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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44345 Joy Chapel Rd
Hollywood, MD 20636
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Phone: (301) 373-4350

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